The new coronavirus pandemic has caused a severe shortage of appropriate hospital equipment, such as CPAP masks and mechanical respirators, and several automakers have already been instructed by local governments to manufacture the necessary equipment.
At the same wavelength is SCG, of American businessman James Glickenhaus, who – voluntarily – has stated that he is giving away his plant in Connecticut to operate as a hospital while working on an invention for medical personnel.
In a Facebook post, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus explains that her designers have worked with a mechanical engineer who has already designed medical equipment. Together, they designed a universal adapter, made by injection molding, for full face respirator masks. The adapter incorporates a bacterial filter, thereby protecting hospital workers.
SCG said the basic idea is to create a conical, medical-grade, allergenic component between the mask and the HME filter, which is common in hospitals. One of the designs allows for two filters to be installed and at the same time increased airflow. Such a device effectively combines the N95 mask with a full face protection, eliminating the need for nurses to wear a mask under the shield.
SCG said it was obliged to act when it learned that hospital staff were reusing N95 masks in neonatal units, and health professionals in America were forced to use bandages to cover their faces.
The company's goal is to produce 4 million adapters that fit a wide range of masks, which abound on the shelves of sporting goods stores. SCG said it would only charge the manufacturing costs, with a 3D printing company already in contact with SCG.